The Living Deads, #BFF, Beat Seekers tonight; Jeff Rosenstock Saturday; Digital Leather, Proud Parents Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:34 pm July 6, 2018

Digital Leather at The Sydney, April 6, 2018. They play Sunday at O’Leaver’s.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Good thing there’s fantastic weather this weekend so you can go out and enjoy instead of going to the clubs because ain’t hardly nothing happening. I’m looking and looking and finding very little from an indie-rock perspective (There’s some punk, though…).

Since you’ll be scratching your head trying to figure out what to do tonight, consider Benson First Friday (yes, it happens every month). The venues will be overflowing with art, which you can find out about here.

I beseech you to drop by The Little Gallery, the place run by my wife located across and just down the street from The Sydney in the east bay of the Masonic Lodge. The show, a co-op with Frogman’s Print Workshop, is called Personal Geographies: “Diana Behl, Tiberiu Chelcea, Sage Dawson, and Mary Jones use mapping conventions to talk about the passage of time, and to examine the essence of places seen, overlooked or imagined.” Booze and snacks, from 6 to 9 p.m. See you there.

Show-wise, The Brothers Lounge has nomadic psychobilly rockers The Living Deads tonight with Big Red Rawkit Riot. 9 p.m., no cover listed (but probably $5).

Also tonight, Lookout Lounge has The Beat Seekers with Switchblade Saturdays and Tame Suns. $10, 8 p.m.

Saturday night The Natural States and Houma are opening for S.F. doom act Body Void at fabulous O’Leaver’s. $8, 9 p.m.

Also Saturday night, Lookout Lounge is hosting its annual Punk Rock BBQ with Jeff Rosenstock, Remo Drive, Pseudo, Death Cow, Hand Painted Police Car, Dummy Head Torpedo, Liar Wire, Blandford, Midwest Depressed, and CatBeret. It all starts at 4 p.m. and just $15!

Which brings us to Sunday and a return to O’Leaver’s for the Sunday Social with Digital Leather and Proud Parents. DL you already know about. Proud Parents is a Madison, Wisconsin, punk trio whose debut LP was released on Dirtnap Records. The album was recorded and mixed by none other than Bobby Hussy (the Hussy, Cave Curse, Fire Heads, TIT) at his own Hex Empire. And yeah, that’s Heather Sawyer of The Hussy on drums and vocals. It’s good! This one starts early — 6 p.m. — and will cost you seven bones.

And that’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend!

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BFF observations and a suggestion; Jenny Lewis (SOLD OUT), The Lupines tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:56 pm August 4, 2014

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Benson First Friday seems to be catching on — I saw lots of people strolling around Benson, packing the bars and enjoying the cultural village over in the Marcus Motors parking lot (and the food trucks parked behind it).

However, there’s one somewhat important thing missing from BFF (other than an outside music stage): Art.

BFF is supposed to be a showcase for local artists, but actually finding the art along Maple Street is like a scavenger hunt. In fact, I overheard one older lady (probably in her late 60s) comment to her group of elderly friends: “Where’s the art?” in classic Where’s the beef? fashion.

Shops displaying art as part of BFF need to set up sidewalk signs that point people inside, because no one is reading those impossible-to-read art maps that were available in some of the venues. Without those sidewalk signs, oldsters and folks from outside the Benson area are going to walk right past the shops hosting art displays.

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Speaking of walking past venues, 1912, the new bar/restaurant located right across the street from The Waiting Room was not open Friday night (or their reported silent opening date July 31). I’m told the reason they were closed had to do with the city’s usual bungling of permits. Needless to say, the delay cost 1912 a chunk of money, as a steady parade of people walked up to its front door only to get turned away by a deadbolt. Will 1912 finally open its doors tonight?

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There’s a couple hot shows happening this evening.

Down at The Slowdown it’s the return of Jenny Lewis. Lewis is out supporting her new album, The Voyager (Warners Bros, 2014), which Pitchfork gave a big fat 7.2. Opening is Nashville’s The Apache Relay. This one is SOLD OUT. Starts at 8 p.m.

Also tonight, The Lupines return to fabulous O’Leaver’s with Milwaukee’s Fatty Acids and Worried Mothers. $5, 9:30 p.m.

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BFF, Toadies, Ume, Filter Kings tonight; Dead Fingers, Dumb Beach, Omaha Girls Rock Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 1:16 pm August 1, 2014

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

No big national shows going on this weekend that I’m aware of (except for maybe Toadies Saturday). In fact, not much going on show-wise at all.

Tonight is, of course, Benson First Friday, so expect the usual crowds in and around Benson wandering from bar to bar.  While you’re wandering, check out Brad’s Corner at 62nd and Maple. This month singer/songwriter John Klemmensen joins Brad Hoshaw and Matt Whipkey. Klem is coming from opening for Matthew Sweet last night in Lincoln.

Over at The Sydney Omaha’s favorite outlaws The Filter Kings open for The Willards with 24 Hour Cardlock tonight. Cost is probably $5 and it probably starts at around 9.

The Waiting Room has Ft. Worth alt-rock band Toadies tonight with Ume. $20, 8 p.m.

Weird show of the weekend is tomorrow night (Saturday) at The Down Under, 3802 Leavenworth. The place ain’t exactly known as a music venue, but whatever, right?  The line-up is Dumb Beach, Fire Retarded, Stomach and Kool 100s. I could have sworn Digital Leather was on this bill but they’re no longer listed. Anyway, free show, starts at 9.

Also tomorrow (Saturday) record store Almost Music, 6569 Maple (consider it west Benson) is hosting a gig with John Klemmensen and the Party, Curt Oren and Omaha legend Dereck Higgins. $5, 8 p.m. Get some vinyl while you’re there.

Over at fabulous O’Leaver’s Birmingham, AL, band Dead Fingers (featuring Taylor Hollingsworth of Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band) headlines. The always amazing McCarthy Trenching opens. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Finally, the second showcase for Omaha Girls Rock happens at The Waiting Room. It’s always a good time. 5:30 p.m. and free.

That’s what I got. If I missed anything, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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O’Leaver’s 3-day grand re-opening (Joyner, So-So Sailors, Criteria, Noah’s Ark, Ladyfinger); BFF tonight; White Mystery Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 1:48 pm March 1, 2013
O'Leaver's new tiki bar menu. I see trouble...

O’Leaver’s new tiki bar menu. I see trouble…

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

No, I’m not getting paid by Cursive to promote the grand re-opening of their new bar — the old O’Leaver’s on south Saddle Creek Road. I’m merely highlighting that the bar’s next three days of music out-classes most of the area’s “festivals” and multi-band special events.

O’Leaver’s already had a reputation for being a veritable pickle-tank of booze-soaked humanity, a place where any beer-fueled madness could happen and usually does. But now they’ve added a tiki bar. The only thing more destructive to mankind than nuclear fission, television and high-fructose corn syrup is rum drinks. Most people (me included) just can’t resist the fruity temptation of a Zombie, Singapore Sling or everyone’s favorite liquid porn, The Mai Tai. Needless to say, I’ll be sipping on an umbrella drink instead of my usual Rolling Rock this weekend while I enjoy the musical festivities.

It starts tonight, at O’Leaver’s. Simon Joyner and The Ghosts headlines a show that also features So-So Sailors and the mega-talented McCarthy Trenching. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also tonight, it’s Friday, March 1, which means it’s also Benson First Friday, the day of the month where there’s absolutely no parking anywhere on Maple St. (and which has been declared a holiday by those greedy, car-towing bastards at The Fullhouse Bar). The highlight event is (as per usual) at The Sweatshop Gallery, which tonight features Powerful Science, Gordon, Mint Wad Willy and Austin band Luchuguillas. And, apparently, there will be some boxing action going on “in the ring.” Admission is free but donations are encouraged (all cash goes to support Sweatshop). 7 p.m. start time.

Up the street, The Waiting Room tonight is hosting the Javier Ochoa memorial benefit concert featuring a slew of tribute and cover bands. $7, 9 p.m.

Saturday night, it’s Day Two of O’Leaver’s grand re-opening, featuring Criteria (wow, three shows in as many months, I guess they really are back) and Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship. The usual $5, the usual 9:30 start time.

Also Saturday night marks the return of garage legends White Mystery to The Brothers Lounge. Opening is Snake Island and the incomparable Solid Goldberg. 9 p.m. start time. No posted cover price but probably at least $5.

Meanwhile, over at The Waiting Room, Modern Lovers’ Jonathan Richman returns. $15, 9 p.m.

Sunday is the final day of O’Leaver’s grand re-opening, and it starts in the afternoon with an opportunity to dine on a wide selection of smoked meats courtesy of Smoke Buds — the culinary duo of Danny Maxwell and Craig Fort. Get your meat on. Bands start at 5 p.m. with Ladyfinger and Rock Paper Dynamite.

Missing anything? Put it in the recently fixed comment section. Have a a glug-glug weekend…

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New Ladyfinger, UUVVWWZ; Digital Leather, Pleasure Adapter (debut), Of Montreal tonight; Sons of Slowdown, Domestica, Envy Corps Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:12 pm December 7, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

A quick follow-up on yesterday’s “Best of” lists, The Reader‘s “Next 15 of ’12” went online yesterday afternoon, here.

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Rollingstone.com posted a couple early tracks from two upcoming Saddle Creek Records releases.

The jolly guys in Ladyfinger.

The jolly guys in Ladyfinger take a load off.

“Dark Horse” is the first sounds off Ladyfinger’s upcoming album, Errant Forms, out on the Creek Feb. 5. You can download the track fer free right now right here. The album was produced by that crazy mofo who produced their last record, Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus the Bear, Isis), at ARC Studios, with mixing at Bayles’ Red Room in Seattle. Says frontman Chris Machmuller at the ‘stone website: “Simply put, Dark Horse is about growing up: A departure from selfishness and moral ambiguity. Despite the overwhelming urge to escape, the convivial main character, upon reflection, realizes he wants to stay with his pregnant girlfriend. Two months after I finished writing the song I found out my wife was pregnant with our first child.” What a coincidence, Mach.

Also at Rolling Stone, right here, is “Open Sign,” the first song off UUVVWWZ’s next Saddle Creek release, The Trusted Language, also out Feb. 5. Get it.

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BFF

BFF

Benson’s First Friday (BFF) event is going on tonight, which means art and music to be seen and heard all along Maple Street. One red hot show that’s part of this event is at Sweatshop Gallery 2727 No. 67th St. (just south of The Barley Street Tavern) where Digital Leather headlines with Killer Blow and the debut of Pleasure Adapter, a brand new band featuring some familiar faces: Jeff Ankenbauer (ex Shanks, Saudi Arabia) on bass/vocals; Annie Dilocker (ex-Digital Leather) on keys; Ben Allen (Watching the Train Wreck) on guitar and newcomer Joey DeRosa. An arm wrestling tourney will be going on between bands. Should be a real David Lynch-ian moment. Admission is free and so is the beer with a $5 donation. Facebook says start time is 8, but the bands tell me that they won’t get rolling until 9. Take your chances.

Also part of BFF, Rock Paper Dynamite headlines at The Sydney with HERS and Goon Saloon. $5, 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, down at The Slowdown, it’s the return of Of Montreal. I can tell you first-hand that if the show is anything like their last one a year ago last May, it’ll be well worth the $20 ticket price. Opening is the disco stylings of Brooklyn’s French Horn Rebellion. Show starts at 9.

On Saturday, Lincoln heroes Domestica return to Slowdown Jr. with The Sons of The Slowdown. $7, 9 p.m.

Also Saturday, Envy Corps returns to The Waiting Room with Field Club. $7, 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, down at The Barley Street Tavern Saturday night, Dirty Fluorescents plays along with Robo Dojo and Earlytown. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Have a damn fine weekend.

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Benson’s BFF; Bullet Proof Hearts, AYGAMG tonight; Sons of O’Leaver’s, Baby Tears Saturday; Langhorne Slim Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 12:43 pm June 1, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Before we get to the music, Benson is hosting its first First Friday (BFF) event this evening. It’s basically an artists’ open house at different locations along Maple St. A good rundown of participating Benson businesses is online here. I think there will be some music associated with BFF, but mostly of the hippie variety.

Now back to regular Lazy-i programming:

Tonight at O’Leaver’s it’s Bullet Proof Hearts (guitarist/vocalist Kevin Moran (Nuns With Guns, The Criminals, New Ave. Kings), drummer Mark Blackman (No Heroes, Apathy, Nuns With Guns, Bad Luck Charm) bassist Tammy Gun (Chicken Hawks, Blue Collar Bravado, Vermins, Take Agent) and guitarist Aaron Schmitz (The Rundowns, The Upsets)) take the stage with Chromafrost (Lincoln Dickison and Co.) and Des Moines band North of Grand. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at The Side Door Lounge (3530 Leavenworth) it’s All Young Girls are Machine Guns with Skypiper, In Love and Field Club. And I believe this one is free. Starts at 9 p.m.

Tomorrow night, it’s the long-awaited return of Omaha legends The Sons of O’Leaver’s. The Sons of… is a veritable supergroup consisting of Kelly Maxwell, Mike Loftus, Mike Tulis and Matt Rutledge. You can read about them circa this rare 2004 interview, but you’re better off just going to the show, which also features Lincoln proto-punkers Ideal Cleaners. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also Saturday night, The Brothers Lounge continues to host live music, this time with Baby Tears, Blind Shake and New Lungs. No idea on the cover charge, but probably around $5. Brothers shows usually start around 10.

Which brings us to Sunday night and alt folkers Langhorne Slim & The Law at The Waiting Room. No opener is listed, which is kind of weird. 9 p.m. $10.

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